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Healthy Parks, Healthy People

By on Jul 20, 2017 in Collingwood Events, Collingwood things to do | 0 comments

Tomorrow, July 21st, Ontario Parks is giving free day use to all of their Provincial Park sites. You can head to any location where you can visit the park for free and take part in fun events. All of this is for their part in the Healthy Parks, Healthy People initiative, which urges people to get outside to improve their health. Healthy Parks, Healthy People is a worldwide movement educating people about the link between better health and a better environment. This free one-day event is just one way that Ontario Parks is urging people to get outside and enjoy everything that Ontario has to offer. Wasaga Beach is a provincial park and they are no exception to the day’s events. Head to the Nancy Island Historic Site for a free day of exploring. The site is open from 10am until 5pm. From 11am until 2pm, you can take sailor’s tours, which will teach visitors about how Nancy and her crew...

Protecting Yourself Against Mosquitoes

By on Jul 14, 2017 in Collingwood News | 0 comments

While you may not recognize that summer is here because of the dreary weather, cooler temperatures and abundance of rain, it is definitely the middle of July. Unfortunately because of this weather, many cities and towns across Ontario are seeing a proliferation of the dreaded mosquito. The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit has released evidence that mosquitoes in Collingwood have tested positive for the West Nile virus this year. This doesn’t mean that Collingwood is seeing an outbreak of West Nile Virus, just that Collingwood, like other areas in Ontario, have a positive testing for the virus. While the majority of people won’t get sick if bitten by a West Nile infected mosquito, there are things you can do to protect yourself from getting bitten. Mosquito Repellents One of the best ways to protect yourself from mosquito bites during peak times (dusk and dawn) is to use a repellent....

New Additions to Collingwood

By on Jul 7, 2017 in Collingwood Real Estate |

With the summer season, also comes the season of construction, but for many, that isn’t a bad thing. In Collingwood, there are a number of new and interesting developments that will only make the city a better place to live, work and play. From something for the kids to something for the adults, here are some of the best new construction projects happening in the Collingwood area! New skateboard and BMX park The kids are going to love the newest addition to Heritage Park in Collingwood, with construction to be completed by October. The ground was broken just a few days ago in anticipation of the building of the skate park. The cost is approximately $300,000 but will provide area teens with a fun, safe and interesting place to hang out and practice their tricks. New paramedic station With the increase in population in Collingwood, the current paramedic station built above a garage...

Canada Day in Collingwood

By on Jun 26, 2017 in Collingwood Events |

As you will definitely know, Canada is celebrating its 150th birthday this year. Celebrations are going on all over the country, but there is no better spot to celebrate this historic birthday than in Collingwood. There are so many events going on that you truly don’t want to miss. Collingwood Festival for Canada Happening all weekend from June 30th until July 2nd, this family festival is exciting and one-of-a-kind. Start on Friday by heading downtown and celebrate not just Canada, but also Collingwood’s 40th anniversary. From 4pm until 10pm in the parking lot at Pine and Second streets, there will be entertainment from the 70s, food, dancing, trivia and a cash bar. If that doesn’t appeal to you, the Centennial Aquatic Centre is hosting a free family swim from 7 until 8pm. If you want to get out on the water, there are a number of harbour cruises available. On Canada’s birthday, the...

First Time Homebuyers Get a Break in the Blue Mountains

By on Jun 24, 2017 in Collingwood Real Estate |

In an effort to help first time homebuyers get into the market, the Town of The Blue Mountains is launching a loan program that will offer special loans to first time homebuyers who need it. Many young homebuyers who live in the area are finding it difficult to buy a home in the Town where they grew up because homes are reaching unaffordable ranges. The program will provide approved applicants with a maximum of a $20,000 interest free loan (5% of the total purchase price) that will go towards their down payment on a home in the area. They will have a 20-year grace period at which time they will have to pay it back. The loan is available for first time homebuyers who are buying homes that are under $400,000. Called the Down Payment Assistance Program, it is being provided by the Blue Mountains Attainable Housing Corporation, a non-profit corporation that was established just a few years...

Treat Dad in Collingwood this Father’s Day

By on Jun 16, 2017 in Collingwood Events, Collingwood things to do |

He helped you with your homework, threw the baseball until you finally hit it and wiped your tears away when you felt you had no friends. He’s your dad and he deserves to be celebrated this weekend! What better place than Collingwood to celebrate Dad and all he stands for. Here are some great ideas for celebrating this weekend. Fossils on Father’s Day Head to Delphi Point Park and have a tour of the fossil beds. Any Dad will enjoy the fun day out that is also a great educational opportunity for the kids. Families pay $5, but Dad is free! Go caving Visit Scenic Caves this weekend and Dad gets free admission with a paid child admission (that’s a switch we like to see!). A great bonding experience for Dad and the kids, this deal is on both Saturday and Sunday. There is a printed coupon that you must take as mobile reproductions aren’t accepted. Let him have time to himself All Dads need...

10 Best Patios in Collingwood

By on Jun 8, 2017 in Collingwood things to do |

Patio season has officially begun and what better way to enjoy a day on the weekend than sitting on a patio with friends in Collingwood, enjoying the food, the drink and of course the gorgeous scenery. Here’s a list of the best patios in the town! 1.       Duncan’s Cafe A great spot for people watching, this local favourite located right on Hurontario has comfortable seating, fresh squeezed orange juice and is the perfect spot for breakfast, lunch and dinner. 2.       Tremont Cafe Another spot for lunch, brunch and dinner, this charming patio located outside of a heritage building – the Tremont House – is a not-to-miss this season. The food is outstanding and so is the service. 3.       Trattoria Azzurra For a romantic night with an al fresco meal, take your date to the Tratoria Azzurra and visit their lovely patio. On the other hand, bring the entire gang for family-style...

A Taste of the Town

By on Jun 3, 2017 in Collingwood Events |

You don’t want to miss this gastronomic event, happening in Collingwood and now in its 15th year! Imagine, tasting delights of food and drink from 20 of Southern Georgian Bay’s best restaurants while overlooking beautiful Georgian Bay. A Taste of the Town happens on June 4th at Sunset Point Park from 12 noon until 3 pm and your $135 ticket price goes fully back to local and international charities. Because of this, you’ll get a tax receipt for most of the money! Local charities on the list to receive donations from this event include Big Brothers Big Sisters Georgian Triangle, Georgian College’s Collingwood campus and Hospice Georgian Triangle. Hospice Georgian Triangle provides trained volunteers to support individuals in their last days who are living with life-threatening illnesses. They only get 50% of their required funding from the government, so events like this really help this...